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  • UCL needs to focus on environmental sustainability.

We did

  • The new Student Centre achieved a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating, in recognition of exceptional standards in environmental, social and economic performance. 
     
  • We climbed to 18th place (fourth in the Russell Group) in the People & Planet University League for 2019. The ranking recognised a 14% carbon emission reduction since 2005, and the adoption of a higher standard for managing environmental impacts. 
     
  • As part of our #PositiveClimate Campaign, UCL has pledged to become a net zero carbon institution by 2030.This ambitious commitment has earned us the highest score in the University Carbon League Table out of 519 institutions.
     
  • We are introducing carbon footprinting for meals in UCL canteens.
     
  • UCL’s Refectory shop has begun trialling plastic-free alternative products. Students and staff can purchase plastic-free snacks and drinks. The pick and mix counter reduced plastic packaged snack options in the shop by 50%.

You said

  • You wanted more lecture theatres and teaching spaces.

We did

  • The refurbishment of 1-19 Torrington Place added three new lecture theatres with 120-person capacities, as well as seven new classrooms. 
     
  • We have opened the Main Quad Teaching pop-up, which includes two 100-seat lecture theatres and two 50-seat lecture theatres.

You said

  • Exams are held in multiple locations and in venues that are not suitable.

We did

  • UCL’s summer exams were held at ExCel London, in London’s Docklands. Exams now take place in a range of bright, calm, air-conditioned rooms. There are plenty of places to eat and extensive seating and study areas, as well as a prayer room and on-site first aid facilities.